Garden Room by Ken Auster
I met Ken 11 years ago as a student in one of his workshops in Tuscon. By then I already owned two of his paintings and was eager to meet this man in person. An easel was at the front of the class room. Beside it was large table, the entire top was covered with heavy brown paper.
And it truly was.
Ken's classroom demo palette
Watching his demos was like seeing magic happen before my eyes. He would begin with a large brush and loose strokes of thin dark paint. Gradually large areas of color would be added.
To add the people on the sidewalk in this demo, a scribbled mass of dark was added. Then colors to form the people's clothing, heads, and whatever they were carrying. The background colors were then added where needed to finish forming the people and the spaces between them—the sidewalk colors.
Ken Auster's finished demo.
This is the demo I purchased. The actual painting is not quite so pink as the last image.
Ken passed away Friday, January 29, 2016. He was a gifted instructor and mentor, a wonderful painter, and a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor. He will be missed. There will be an article about him in the March, 2016 issue of PleinAir magazine. See also: Celebrating A Long, Fulfilling Career.
Port Tack by Ken Auster
Lajolla by Ken Auster